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Sunday, October 19, 2008

A Cancer in the Health Care System

What if there were doctors for the health care industry. A company like Pfizer goes to the doctors office compaining of a weakness in sales and a bleak outlook for the future of their research efforts. The doctor says, "take off your marketing department please."

Pfizer: Things like this keep happening to us:

Doctor: Hmm. I see you have an honesty problem.

Pfizer: Well, we have to make money.

We continue to be shocked at the lack of outrage against these common practices. Which executives made the decisions that led to the conclusions in the second article? What about repeating such dishonesty over and over and occasionally getting caught? The industry has a disease. It is incapable of being honest when negative data presents itself. What is the cure?

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